Many individuals and groups have worked diligently to improve services and quality of life for Central Texas’ older adults since 2010, when census numbers indicated that our community had one of the fastest-growing populations of older adults in the U.S. Here’s a brief timeline of events:
To put a spotlight on these efforts, AustinUP is hosting a series of FREE monthly sessions in 2021 that will focus on community progress as a result of the Age-friendly Austin Plan. Each half-day forum will serve a dual purpose of disseminating local information to older adults about a particular topic, e.g., housing, transportation, civic participation / employment, etc. and discussing achievements in the global age-friendly movement. Our speakers and panels will showcase existing services in our community in addition to “horizon” ideas and plans. Our expected audience will include older adults and caregivers as well as representatives from private and nonprofit sectors. Join us!
Thursday, April 22: Community and Health Services (Series Opener)
1 – 1:45 p.m. From Disruption to Invention: Healthy Aging After the Pandemic – Is There a New Normal?
Moderator: Tabitha Taylor, Age-Friendly Program Coordinator, City of Austin Panelists: Stephanie Hayden-Howard, Director, Austin Public Health, City of Austin; Patty Bordie, Director, Aging Services Capital Area Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging; and Olivia Burns, Aging Texas Well Coordinator and Liaison to the Aging Texas Well Advisory Council
A behind the scenes look at local, regional and state efforts to serve older adults during the pandemic, including:
• A review of the specific challenges
• The role of partners, partnerships and collaboration in developing solutions
• New ideas for ensuring equity and improved access / communication
• What comes next?
1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Q&A and resource sharing
2:15 – 3 p.m. Age-friendly Austin: Our Vision for the Future of Aging
Presenter: Danielle Arigoni, Director of Livable Communities, AARP With promising news of new federal support for caregivers and older adults and global campaigns developed by the WHO and United Nations to promote healthy aging and fight ageism, we wanted to know how this would impact the age-friendly movement and Austin’s role as a member of the Age-friendly Network. In this presentation, we’ll discuss local advocacy and planning as we gain insight from our speaker’s national perspective.
3 p.m. Q&A and resource sharing
3:30 p.m. Close
Remaining Forums (save the dates!)
Each forum will begin at 1 p.m., end at 3:30 p.m. and feature two 45-minute panels with time in between for audience Q&A and resource sharing.
Thursday, May 13: Housing
Thursday, June 10: Respect and Social Inclusion
Thursday, September 9: Civic Participation and Employment
Thursday, October 21: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
Thursday, November 18: Transportation
Thursday, December 9: Social Participation
PRE-REGISTER FOR ALL AGE-FRIENDLY AUSTIN FORUMS VIA THIS EVENTBRITE FORM! You will receive updates on speakers and presentations as each date approaches. All sessions will be recorded.
Thank you, sponsors!